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Old 08-13-2017, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Update bought non FX4. To FX4 or not to FX4? That is the question.

Worked and accepted a great deal on a F150 2.7 ecoboost 3.73 that has the FX4 package. Deal was done by phone and email. I had driven several trucks, all without FX4, and this was the truck with almost all of what I wanted.

Did some Googling and some people say the ride with the FX4 Rancho shocks is worse than stock, plus, the shocks don't last very long. Now I would love to just put Bilstein on right away but...not on a new truck with warranty for me.

Anyone have the newer 150 with the FX4 can pass along thoughts?

I talked to dealer and they can get very similarly configured truck from another store for same deal, except it has 3.55 axle. I will not be doing any off roading.

(hmmm now that I typed it all out it's seems obvious. The 3.55 v 3.73 isn't worth going with FX4, especially not at a $775 cost)
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I have a 2015 F150 FX4, 3.5 EB. The only thing FX4 gets you are skid plates, hill decent control (it doesn't function over 20. MPH) and an electronic locking differential. The part numbers on the shocks are the same as a non FX4, they aren't Ranchos on the F150s. Mine even had highway tires, Wrangler Fortera, even though the window sticker claimed they are AT tires. I bought it from dealer stock, so I can't complain. I don't know if hill decent works in reverse, haven't tried it. That could prove very useful on steep boat ramps.

I wouldn't let the FX4 package sway you one way or the other on a good deal.
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:18 AM   #3
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I have a 2015 F150 with the FX4 package and it rides quite nicely. Love the truck. I have the 3.5 eco motor and it pulls my 24' bayboat with no problems. I can actually pass people if I want to.
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The part numbers on the shocks are the same as a non FX4, they aren't Ranchos on the F150s.
I wouldn't let the FX4 package sway you one way or the other on a good deal.
Thanks. Yes, there seems to be some dispute what shocks are on these. I guess, at minimum they're "off road tuned" or similar jargon, whatever it means.

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I have a 2015 F150 with the FX4 package and it rides quite nicely. Love the truck. I have the 3.5 eco motor and it pulls my 24' bayboat with no problems. I can actually pass people if I want to.
Cool. Thanks.
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A solid waste of money.
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Worked and accepted a great deal on a F150 2.7 ecoboost 3.73 that has the FX4 package. Deal was done by phone and email. I had driven several trucks, all without FX4, and this was the truck with almost all of what I wanted.

Did some Googling and some people say the ride with the FX4 Rancho shocks is worse than stock, plus, the shocks don't last very long. Now I would love to just put Bilstein on right away but...not on a new truck with warranty for me.

Anyone have the newer 150 with the FX4 can pass along thoughts?

I talked to dealer and they can get very similarly configured truck from another store for same deal, except it has 3.55 axle. I will not be doing any off roading.

(hmmm now that I typed it all out it's seems obvious. The 3.55 v 3.73 isn't worth going with FX4, especially not at a $775 cost)
what do you mean by this,
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what do you mean by this,
My thought exactly. Why would a warranty stop you from putting on the shocks of your choice? Shocks are cheap. Are you really worried about shocks failing prematurely and needing to file a warranty claim on them?
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My thought exactly. Why would a warranty stop you from putting on the shocks of your choice? Shocks are cheap. Are you really worried about shocks failing prematurely and needing to file a warranty claim on them?
Maybe it's unwarranted but I'm not someone to mess with an auto while it's under warranty. Mostly don't want to have to put more money into something I just put a lot of money out to buy.
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I've had the 3.5 Eco with the 3.55 and the 3.73. Only measurable difference between the two was gas mileage.
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everyone throws bilstein 5100 shocks on their f150 and no dealer has ever cared. less than $200 for the rears and about 20 minutes of your time.
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everyone throws bilstein 5100 shocks on their f150 and no dealer has ever cared. less than $200 for the rears and about 20 minutes of your time.
Lol not 20 mins for me but thanks.
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The shocks will easily outlast your warranty. I have a front leveling kit and 34" tires and the factory shocks are still good after 15k miles and 23k total on the truck.
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I have a 2017 F150 Platinum 3.5 with FX4. Took the FX4 decals off. Such a nice truck but cheesy decals in my opinion.

OP, this is my first F150 so I can't comment on ride vs. another but I am so far I am really pleased with the truck.
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The 3.73 rear end will be on the lower end of mpg. I just had a 2.7 with 3.55 put in demo program for me. Should have at end of month.
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The 3.73 rear end will be on the lower end of mpg. I just had a 2.7 with 3.55 put in demo program for me. Should have at end of month.
Yes, and iirc it increases tow rating a few hundred lbs maybe.

Already told dealer I was not taking this truck likely in favor of the 2.7 3.55 NON-FX4 they have on the lot.

Trouble is...now I'm feeling torn over getting the 3.5 because there's a slight chance we would get a travel trailer and don't want to be limited by tow vehicle if (BIG IF) we do.
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Yea. The one in demo is 2.7 sport with 3.55. I feel the FX4 package is a not needed.

The 3.5 is tow machine, but look into the hesitation off the line that shows up around 10k miles. One of my suppliers has a 2017 raptor and he is not happy. It's kinda a common problem. I hear the main bearings are issues on 2.7 but I don't care as I'm leasing.

Btw... 18's should be hitting the lot soon. Was at the plant on Friday and they I'm them since mid july.
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Yes, and iirc it increases tow rating a few hundred lbs maybe.

Already told dealer I was not taking this truck likely in favor of the 2.7 3.55 NON-FX4 they have on the lot.

Trouble is...now I'm feeling torn over getting the 3.5 because there's a slight chance we would get a travel trailer and don't want to be limited by tow vehicle if (BIG IF) we do.

No one ever said "I wish my truck had less power". Get the 3.5.
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The 3.5 Eco hesitation problem annoyed me to the point I got rid of the truck. Bought a 2.7 Eco and for normal everyday driving, it's a better engine for me. None of the 3.5's silliness and it actually feels faster.

I would skip the FX4 package if it were me.
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I have had several tuners from Mike at 5 startuning. On 2 of my 3.5 ecoboost's that I had.

Its like being in sport mode all the time. The shift points are much smoother and faster. I never noticed any lag when I was using the tuner.

I ran a 14.2 at 98.5 Mph leaving from a dead stop at idle. Would have been in the 13's leaving at higher rpms. Another guy at the track ran 13.2 at 104 mph. He had a tuner, exhaust and different pipe changed out under the hood.

That's moving for a truck on just motor.

The Economy tune got me 23 to 24 mpg under 70 mph. That was a 2013 Eco lariat.
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The Economy tune got me 23 to 24 mpg under 70 mph. That was a 2013 Eco lariat.
What cab configuration, drive train, tire size and rear end ratio?
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